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Protect the vital engine cases and oil sump without giving up ground clearance with the AltRider Skid Plate for the Suzuki V-Strom DL650. Constructed of impact resistant 4.75 mm anodized aluminum, this skid plate provides ideal protection for off road conditions. Your exhaust header pipe is also fully protected without sacrificing ground clearance. The oil cooler is well protected while still allowing optimal air flow.
Included with the skid plate is a redesigned rear bracket that allows for easier installation and more overall strength. The skid plate matches up perfectly to the V-Strom crash bars using hidden fasteners for a clean, finished look.
Will not fit 2012 Adventure models equipped with factory Suzuki crash bars. OEM crash bars must be replaced with AltRider crash bars (sold separately). You may need an extra set of hands during installation to help you hold the bike upright if your V-Strom is not equipped with a center stand.
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Manuel A: The OEM is plastic and this was one of several solid plates I saw. The AltRider design seemed to incorporate many well thought designs for functionality and stability. Not to mention it is made in America.Mar 29, 2015
Lawrence B: I wanted to protect the oil filter and exhaust pipes from damage by kicked up rocks.Mar 23, 2015
Robert W: Exceptionally well designed and made rugged. Extremely happy with it.Sep 17, 2014
J O: quality. matches the crash bars I boughtMar 20, 2014
Stewart V: integrates seamlessly with crashbars for factory lookMar 3, 2014
Barry H: Highly rec'd for fit, method of attachment, style.Feb 15, 2014
Erik L: Great quality skid plate... Same price as altriders website, without the shipping cost! Thank you revzilla!Jan 29, 2014
Edward H: i picked this skid plate based on reviews and i liked the welded design. along with the bars it was an easy install except for getting the kick stand factory bolts out. the are locktited in with gorrila snot. other than that install was easy. i went with silver bars and black pan and just added black highway pegs. i like the contrast with bikes black frame.Sep 23, 2013
A shopper asked:How much of a chore is it to remove the plate for oil & filter changes? ThanksFeb 10, 2014
Reed C:I leave it on for oil & filter changes - it's no problem to access the drain plug or filter with it on. It makes it a little messier that way (oil gets on the plate), but a little extra cleanup is less work than removal & re-installation. Not that removal is hard (because the rear attaches to a bracket that you just leave on it is pretty easy. The initial install of the bracket is a chore, but once it's on, it's on. This thing was crazy expensive, but I think it was worth the extra bucks. It's a nice piece.Feb 10, 2014
R. Brian S:I have been able to easily change the oil WITHOUT removing the skid plate from my DL650. There is a drain hole in the skid plate so that you can easily get a wrench up through and drain. I have an oil filter wrench that I use to break the filter loose and then I put a plastic grocery bag under it to catch the filter and the oil that drains when it's removed. Easy to do with little mess. Buy this skid plate and the matching crash bars. I don't regret it and you won't either.Feb 10, 2014
Wess F:Once installed, I didn't remove the skid plate to change oil and filter. There is enough room to to get a cloth "strap wrench" on the filter to twist it off and what oil gets on the skid plate is easily wiped up. I've since gotten a Suzuki oil wrench that fits over the end of the filter and it uses an open end wrench to turn. Haven't used it yet but I anticipate it will work easy enough.Feb 10, 2014
Paul A:I've only done one oil and filter change, did not remove the skid plate, had no problem if you have the correct type/size of filter wrench. (correct size to fit over the cap of the filter or a strap type wrench.Feb 10, 2014
Josh B:It is not difficult to remove this skid plate. I highly recommend this product. You get exactly as advertised and it has saved me sure damage, especially given the location of the oil filter.Feb 10, 2014
Benjamin H:Not a chore at all. Remove the two nuts and bolts at the rear of the plate and the four allen head bolts holding the front of the plate onto the crash bars. Takes maybe five minutes, fi that.Feb 10, 2014
Frank R:I doubt it. It mounts to the AltRider crash bars. They're made to fit together. I'm not sure it it was made to fit any other crash bars. I have the crash bars from AltRider and they are pretty nice in case you were wondering.Sep 14, 2014
Bruce B:Not without modification. They are designed to be installed using the Alt Rider crash bars as the front mounting point. You might be able to custom fabricate an alternate mount, but it will not be an out of the box install.Sep 9, 2014
R. Brian S:No. It is specifically designed to integrate with the Altrider crashbars. It would be better to go with a universal type skid plate available for the VStrom when using other bars.Aug 7, 2012